2 thoughts on “In the Offing”

  1. The Guardian fails to take into con­sid­er­a­tion that music is exper­i­enced in a phys­ic­ally dif­fer­ent way to how we exper­i­ence lit­er­at­ure. If you are tak­ing in some­thing visu­ally, with tact­ile ele­ments (hold­ing the book or scrolling a webpage) as you do when you are read­ing, then things like mise en page and the book as object become much more import­ant. While album art­work and own­ing a phys­ic­al object aren’t irrel­ev­ant, because of the nature of audio, they aren’t as integ­ral to the music listen­ing exper­i­ence as the phys­ic­al book.

    I think you’re right about audiobooks, much more likely both for digit­al dis­tri­bu­tion and pir­at­ing.

  2. I’ve heard that point made, Katherine, and I do agree with it to an extent, but I remem­ber musi­cos get­ting quite hung up on the fact that CDs would nev­er be pop­u­lar as a music deliv­ery sys­tem because they lacked the phys­ic­al­ity of the old vinyl discs with their cov­ers.

    My feel­ing is that the phys­ic­al­ity of books is import­ant to me; but, then, I’ve grown up read­ing books in dead tree format.

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